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Top 8 digital transformation trends in the Healthcare Industry

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Healthcare consumers, the patient of 2030

Better informed and more demanding patients are now active participants and essential partners in their own health care.

Prediction

P4 Medicine is the new standard: strategies, technologies and analytical tools can decode biological complexity to provide predictive, preventative and personalized care.

This, in combination with the "participatory" component, allows the P4 medicine to accelerate the efficiency of systems medicine, extending its application beyond hospitals and clinics to homes and workplaces.

The facts in 2017

In 2003, the first sequencing of the entire human genome cost about $ 2.7 billion. In January 2017, the DNA sequencing company Illumina introduced a new sequencing instruments that, according to the company, will enable delivery of your entire genome in just one hour for as little as $100.

Wearable activity trackers and mHealth applications in 2030

Patients are not only measuring clinical indicators, but also quality of life.

Prediction

The patients accept responsibility for their health. Positive reinforcement and incentives to reward behavior are now firmly established; from lowering deductibles, coinsurance and copays, to tax abatement programs.

The facts in 2017

The market for mobile health applications is growing: Revenues from mHealth applications and their services will reach 31 billion US dollars in 2020.

551 million users will be using a mobile health app actively (at least once a month) by then.

Big Data and Machine Learning in 2030

Ubiquitous health data collection is transforming healthcare. The pharmaceutical industry and the healthcare industry are developing new tools to predict the future of the patient.

Prediction

Confidentiality and data security remain a concern, but healthcare professionals and patients now understand the benefits of sharing data for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and medical follow-up.

The facts in 2017

In Canada, the proportion of physicians using electronic health records (EHRs) increased from 37% to 73% between 2009 and 2015.

By the end of 2017, approximately 90% of office-based physicians will use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the United States.

The patient-physician communication model in 2030

A patient-centered approach redefines the relationship between patients, health professionals and insurance.

Prediction

Health agencies are now using social media to engage patients by regularly evaluating and addressing their needs and concerns and referring them to necessary services or products most suited to their budget and medical needs.

The facts in 2017

A new report from Frost & Sullivan finds that the remote patient monitoring market, which allows a medical professional to remotely monitor and interpret a patient's medical parameters in real time, is expected to increase by approximately 13.2% per year until 2020.

Telemedicine: the medical consultation in 2030

Remote consultations replace visits to physician’s offices, promoting access to healthcare and facilitating patient diagnoses.

Prediction

Medical care is now longer limited to medical offices, hospitals and clinics, and the home is where most primary care is given.

Many patient-doctor interactions are now virtual and offer the possibility for patients to receive home care.

The facts in 2017

A survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health found that 90% of large employers should offer telemedicine benefits in 2017 (in the US): an increase of nearly 70% since 2016.

NBG also anticipates that 97% of large employers will offer telehealth services by 2019, making the connected health common practice.

Beyond the pill: the new Pharma business model in 2030

The pharmaceutical sector is innovating and positioning itself as a trusted partner of the healthcare system.

Prediction

Pharmaceutical companies are still evaluated first on the quality and the effectiveness of their medicines, but the consumer experience in healthcare is playing an important role.

The pharma industry is now committed to providing partnerships for diagnostics, data analysis, and provision of private and public care.

The facts in 2017

To offer consumers a wide range of products and services, pharmaceutical companies are driving innovation through strategic partnerships with technology start-up companies working on products and services that go "beyond the pill".

The hospital 2.0 designed for patients and physicians

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables more efficient healthcare services, safer health facilities, resulting in high patient satisfaction.

Prediction

Larger digital clinics and hospitals, designed to increase accessibility, are becoming essential centers for improving efficiency and quality of care.

Such developments enable access for more people than ever before.

The facts in 2017

Many well-known companies already realize the market potential for the Internet of Things in healthcare. Microsoft has developed its Microsoft Azure cloud computing service to help healthcare organizations deliver secured cloud solutions.

IBM announced a $3 billion investment in a new IoT unit over the next 4 years, and certainly some of that money will go to the health sector.

Robotics, Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI): the operating room in 2030

Robotics, augmented reality and smart glasses, 3D printing and AI are now an integral part of a surgical operation and enable minimally invasive surgery.

Prediction

Telesurgery, or remote surgery, is now more convenient and cost-effective, making possible surgical care in underserved areas. Legislation has adapted to this new modus operandi by integrating cybersecurity experts to guarantee the safety of patients.

The facts in 2017

The number of industrial robots in use worldwide is expected to increase to 2.6 million units by 2019. That would be one million units more than the record performance of 2015. Approximately 70% of industrial robots are working in the automotive, electronics and machinery industries. By 2015, the da Vinci System, a robotic-assisted surgical device, had already delivered minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide, changing the surgical experience for people around the world.

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